April is National Minority Health Month—a time to focus on:
- The health disparities that continue among racial and ethnic minority populations
- How we can address inequities so that everyone can be healthy.
We use our equity initiatives and resources throughout the year to raise understanding and awareness of health equity gaps among CMS beneficiaries. For this year’s National Minority Health Month, we’re working with our U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) partners to focus on the important role active and healthy living plays in reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups.
Being active is a foundation of healthy living. Unfortunately, studies show that underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and people with low socioeconomic status are less likely to be moderately to vigorously active. This makes them more likely have to chronic health conditions. These populations also have a harder time getting health care services, including behavioral health. National Minority Health Month gives our partners and us the chance to work to take away social and physical barriers to health care and wellness.
We’re partnering with the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Health Equity (OHE) to co-host a live panel event on social determinants of health on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Rockville, Maryland. Participants will hear from renowned speakers on how social determinants like physical activity effect:
- Health outcomes such as physical and mental health.
- Major chronic conditions more common among racial and ethnic minority groups.
During this presentation, OHE will share how the office has updated the findings in their 2017 Report on Health Equity. This report gives a full analysis of how HRSA has reduced health disparities and promoted health equity for many national, state, and local populations.
Here are resources to help you join us on the path to active and healthy living during National Minority Health Month: